FMG executive takes out Mentor of the Year award

Executive director of strategy and finance at Brookfield Multiplex, Sharon Warburton has won the Mentor of the Year award at the NAB Women Agenda Leadership Awards.

Warburton was recognised for her work mentoring young men and women in mining, with more than 50 people lucky enough to call her their personal mentor.

She is also the founder of the online mentoring website www.steelheels.com.au, a site dedicated to increasing the self-confidence of professional working women.

On top of this, Warbruton is a Non-Executive Director at Fortescue Metals Group, a Board member for numerous Not for Profit organisations and a single parent.

 In 2014, Warburton was named the Western Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

Warburton has had a long career in the mining industry. At just 25, she was promoted to run the finance function at Hamersley Iron, which these days is Rio Tinto Iron Ore. From there, Warburton went to work in Rio’s London headquarters.

In 2002, Warburton was made the Group General Manager- Strategy and Operations at Multiplex, a position she held for six years.

She then spent two years as the Chief Planning and Strategy Officer at ALDAR Properties before gaining her current role at Brookfield Multiplex.

Warburton has previously said her management style is team focused rather than individually focused.

“I look to empower people and give them as much autonomy as they like,” Warburton said.

“I was given a lot of opportunities very early in my career so, as a leader, I like to give young people a lot of opportunity but provide the support networks they need.

“I’m looking for a culture that’s driven around honesty, respect, trust and care; that measures and celebrates success, has some fun in the process and one that is comfortable with change.”